Youth Lagoon

"Dropla" (5:56)

Producer: Ben Allen

Writer: Trevor Powers

Publisher: Royalty Network

Label: Fat Possum Records

Trevor Powers titled his 2011 debut "The Year of Hibernation," which perfectly described his intimate electro-pop. Two years later, the Youth Lagoon mastermind has emerged from that wintry headphone isolation: "Dropla" is more organic and visceral, with live drums grounding Powers' whispered croon. "You'll never die, you'll never die," goes the hook, as the song skyrockets toward the pearly gates. -RR


Gold Fields

"Dark Again" (4:39)

Producers: Gold Fields

Writers: Gold Fields

Publisher: EMI Music ­Publishing Australia

Label: Astralwerks

On the boisterous lead single from their debut LP, Australia's Gold Fields transmit crumbling romance through dance-rock euphoria. "We've been living with the lights out/Been moving in the night," sings Mark Robert Fuller, his voice wafting over jerky funk guitars and a synth-bass pulse. "Dark Again" reminds new wave fans just how fun a breakup can sound. -RR


The Piano Guys featuring Lindsey Stirling

"Mission Impossible" (3:44)

Producers: Al van der Beek, Steven Sharp Nelson

Writers: Various

Publisher: Sony/ATV Melody (BMI)

Label: Masterworks/Sony Masterworks

The Piano Guys highlight the piano/cello dynamic of their ensemble by teaming with violinist Lindsey Stirling to release a new rendition of the "Mission: Impossible" theme. The pairing, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's New Age digital songs chart, unites the artists' respective YouTube followings and utilizes the familiar hooks in the piano-bass line, weaving them intermittently among runs from Stirling's violin. -WG


Far*East Movement featuring Cover Drive

"Turn Up the Love" (3:16)

Producers: Axident, Wallpaper

Writers: Various

Publishers: Various

Label: Cherrytree/Interscope

"We are one tonight, and we're breathing in the same air," sings Amanda Riefer of Cover Drive on a Far*East Movement single appropriately included on President Barack Obama's official inauguration playlist. A peppy dance track that incorporates PG-rated rap verses and an inspiring hook a la the Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love?," "Turn Up the Love" offers low-stakes fun atop some malleable beats. -LW


Lady Antebellum

"Downtown" (3:19)

Producers: Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum

Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby

Publishers: Various

Label: Universal Music Group Nashville

Lady A gets funky on the lead single off its fourth studio effort, as "Downtown" bounces along with a casual bassline and a faster tempo than past radio offerings. "I'm only counting on your cancellation/When I should be counting on you at my door," Hillary Scott prods her beau in the blunt refrain. -JM